Canunda National Park

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This article is about the protected area in South Australia. For the associated locality, see Canunda, South Australia.
Canunda National Park
South Australia
IUCN category VI (protected area with sustainable use of natural resources)
Mounce & Battye Rocks. Canunda National Park. South Australia.JPG
Mounce and Battye Rocks. Canunda National Park
Canunda National Park is located in South Australia
Canunda National Park
Canunda National Park
Nearest town or city Millicent
Coordinates 37°42′56″S 140°16′59″E / 37.71556°S 140.28306°E / -37.71556; 140.28306Coordinates: 37°42′56″S 140°16′59″E / 37.71556°S 140.28306°E / -37.71556; 140.28306
Established 20 August 1959 (1959-08-20)[1]
Area 96.27 km2 (37.2 sq mi)[1]
Managing authorities Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources
Website Canunda National Park
See also Protected areas of South Australia

Canunda National Park is a protected area in the Australian state of South Australia located about 350 km (220 mi) southeast of Adelaide, on the coast about 13 km (8.1 mi) southwest of Millicent. It consists of coastal dunes, limestone cliffs, and natural bushland. The beaches can be dangerous, but are popular for beach fishing.[2]

The national park consists of two parts - the first part being land in the gazetted localities of Southend and Canunda while the second part is located to the south in the gazetted locality of Carpenter Rocks at the headland of Cape Banks.[3]

Much of the national park is accessible only to four wheel drive vehicles and walkers.

From as far back as 10,000 years ago, members of the Boandik group of Indigenous Australians lived in temporary camps along the coast during summer, and for the rest of the year they lived near inland swamps in relatively permanent huts (wurlas).

The northern end of the national park was once part of Mayurra Station. The remnants of Canunda's pastoral history can be seen at Coola Outstation.

The national park's office is located in the town of Southend at the northernmost end of the park.

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  1. ^ a b "CAPAD 2012 South Australia Summary (see 'DETAIL' tab)". CAPAD 2012. Australian Government - Department of the Environment. 6 February 2014. Retrieved 6 February 2014. 
  2. ^ Parks SA, retrieved 25 January 2013
  3. ^ "Search result for "Canunda National Park" (Record no SA0012183) with the following layers selected - "Suburbs and Localities" and "Place names (gazetteer)"". Property Location Browser. Government of South Australia. Retrieved 26 August 2016. 

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